Vaccination, re-containment, deconfinement, scientific advances, epidemic assessment, virus mutation … Find the latest information on the health crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.
through LIBERATION and AFP
published on June 1, 2021 at 7:26 a.m.
(updated at 3:56 p.m.)
28 million doses expected in June, less than expected. France expects about 28 million doses of vaccine received during the month of June, less than the 32 million expected according to the latest forecasts. At issue: a drop in deliveries of the Janssen vaccine to Europe, the Ministry of the Economy said on Tuesday. “This revision does not call into question nor our vaccination goals for June 15 (30 million first injections), nor the vaccination campaign ”, relativized Bercy. The latest forecasts were for a total since the first deliveries in December of 76.7 million doses received at the end of June for the four vaccines authorized in Europe. This total will therefore be reduced by around 4 million.
The EU is putting its health certificate system online. The 27 launched on Tuesday their technical platform intended to ensure the connection of “health passes”, which will allow, from July 1, to travel between Member States. The certificates that will be deposited there are intended to certify that a person is vaccinated, immunized following an infection or that he has passed a negative test. A document – paper or digital – will then be provided and recognized throughout the EU. If the entry into force is expected in a month, ten countries have already connected to the infrastructure, among which seven states have started to issue their first certificates (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Croatia, Poland) .
Malaysia borders. Faced with a significant increase in Covid cases, Malaysia imposed strict containment on its population on Tuesday. Southeast Asia had been less affected by the first waves of the pandemic, and some countries had almost escaped it after quickly closing their borders and imposing restrictions. Yet several countries in the region, such as Thailand in Vietnam, have seen the number of cases soar in recent weeks as their vaccination campaigns take off slowly. Malaysia is also one of the countries where the epidemic is the most dynamic at present, with nearly 2,800 deaths since the start of the pandemic, 40% of which in the month of May alone. And the records of new daily cases are linked in recent days. So far, less than 6% of Malaysians have received at least one dose of the vaccine at this stage.
WHO, WTO, IMF and World Bank unite for vaccine equality. World leaders must take a “New engagement” to work for a more equitable distribution of vaccines against Covid-19 on the planet to hope to overcome the epidemic, estimate Tuesday the four international organizations in a common forum. According to many observers, vaccine inequalities between rich and poor countries complicate and prolong a pandemic that has already killed more than 3.5 million people worldwide. In their text published Tuesday in the American daily Washington Post, the heads of the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank believe that these inequalities have favored the emergence of variants of the coronavirus which have led to new epidemic outbreaks in developing countries. “It is quite clear that there will be no overall resilience of the Covid-19 pandemic without ending the health crisis. Access to vaccines is the key to both», they write. “Ending the pandemic is possible – and it requires global action today.”
The Japan-Jamaica match canceled due to a testing issue. The soccer friendly between Japan and Jamaica, scheduled for Thursday, was canceled Tuesday because ten Jamaican players were barred from boarding a connecting flight. In question ? Problems related to “The pre-flight test method”, underlined the Jamaican federation. According to Jamaican newspaper Gleaner, the players had been tested using swabs in the mouth and nostrils, while Japan “Only accepts nasopharyngeal PCR tests”. Japan were due to face the “Reggae Boyz” in Sapporo on Thursday, in preparation for their 2022 World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Less than eight weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, athletes are expected from all over the world in the archipelago where they will have to submit to strict health rules.
Wool socks filled up during the pandemic. The French saved around 142 billion euros more than normal between the end of the first quarter of 2020 and the end of the first quarter of 2021, the Banque de France estimated on Tuesday. The stake of this jackpot is immense: the government hopes that the French will spend it in France to support activity and achieve the 5% growth target for this year. According to the Central Bank, the savings surplus was built up especially during the months of confinement in 2020, that is to say in March, April, May and November and “Its accumulation continued in the first quarter of 2021”. More “According to the first indications available, there was no notable acceleration of this accumulation in April with the closure of non-essential businesses”. Over the whole of 2020, which therefore included two and a half months without Covid-19, this surplus was estimated at 115 billion euros.
In Yemen, Houthi rebels accused of preventing vaccination. The NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) accused Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Tuesday of preventing vaccination against Covid-19 in the territories they control despite the increase in cases in the war-torn country. Since the start of the pandemic, these rebels close to Iran and in power in the vast majority of northern Yemen, very rarely communicate on the pandemic, having announced only one case of death. “No vaccine has reached Houthi-controlled areas”, regretted the NGO, calling on the rebels to “Take immediate action” for the vaccination of the population and “Stop spreading false information about the virus”. At the end of March, Yemen received 360,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the UN Covax mechanism intended to supply the poorest countries. According to the NGO, “Vaccinations only take place in the south”, controlled by the government recognized by the international community and supported by Saudi Arabia.
London and the EU doubt the lifting of vaccine patents. The European Union, the United Kingdom and Japan have maintained their reservations on a possible lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines before the World Trade Organization (WTO), a Geneva-based international trade official said on Monday. . Proposals to start text-based discussions to allow forfeiture of intellectual property rights to coronavirus vaccines were welcomed at an informal WTO meeting on the trade side of property rights intellectual. But several member states “Continued to express their doubts about the advisability of starting negotiations and asked for more time” to analyze the proposals going in this direction, specified this person in charge. These countries are those of the EU as well as Australia, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan. Agreements within the WTO must receive consensus support from all 164 member states.
WHO will use Greek letters to name the variants. B.1.617, B.1.1.7, B.1.351… Retaining the scientific names of the Covid-19 variants is proving to be a real headache. But the WHO will simplify things by also giving them names of Greek letters. The idea is to have names “Easy to pronounce and remember”, but also to prevent the general public and the media from using names “Stigmatizing and discriminatory” referring to the place where the first cases of the variant were detected, explained the World Health Organization (WHO) in a statement. In the United States, for example, attacks against people of Asian origin have increased, Donald Trump, who was president during the first year of the pandemic, having done everything to blame China, where the new coronavirus was detected for the first time. He often spoke of the Chinese virus or «Kung Flu» (a pun on flu, which means “flu”).
Tokyo Olympics: the first Olympic sportswomen to arrive in Japan. The players of the Australian softball team arrived in Japan on Tuesday, becoming the first Olympic team to set foot in the archipelago for the Tokyo Games, which still cause controversy and doubts in the midst of a pandemic. On their arrival at a terminal at Narita airport, near the Japanese capital, the Australian sportswomen, all smiles, waved to the press before undergoing a Covid-19 screening test and completing administrative formalities . About three hours later, a Japanese official confirmed that all 21 players and members of their delegation had all tested negative.
The health pass promulgated in the “Official Journal”. The law governing the gradual exit from the state of health emergency, which notably allows the establishment of a controversial “health pass”, was promulgated in Official newspaper from this Tuesday. The newspaper also publishes the decision of the Constitutional Council, which on Monday evening gave the green light to all of this law organizing the transitional regime of the state of health emergency, in a context of the decline of the Covid epidemic. 19 and acceleration of vaccination. The “wise men” had been seized by the deputies of the left (GDR, LFI, SOC), judging that the bill gave “Very important powers in government on bases that are far too vague and imprecise”.
Hospitalization of Inter Milan midfielder Arturo Vidal, positive for Covid-19. Chilean player Arturo Vidal was hospitalized after testing positive for Covid-19, missing the match Chile will play Thursday against Argentina for World Cup qualification. “The medical corps of the Chilean national team emphasizes that at the request of the player Arturo Vidal, it is announced that he has been diagnosed positive for Covid, during the daily preventive examination carried out today, Monday May 31” , indicates a statement published on the website of the Chilean national team. Previously, the medical team had reported that Vidal was not training and had been separated from the rest of the team for presenting “A febrile syndrome due to dehydrated tonsillitis sicca”. But a new statement says the 34-year-old midfielder “Was hospitalized and isolated from the group for more than seventy-two hours […] due to severe pleural tonsillitis ”. The PCR tests that had been performed in the past three days were all negative.